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MMC not starting

MMC is not starting and it shows an error message stating that it will not run with a version of a Internet Explorer earlier than Internet Explorer 5.5.

To work around this issue, create a string entry (REG_SZ) with the name Version and the value “6.0.0.0” under the subkey

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer

Thanks,

WintelAdmin

Please wait for the Windows Modules Installer.

One of my windows 2008 didn’t come after reboot. Upon checking the console, saw a message stating “Please wait for the Windows Modules Installer.”. Had to bring up the server at the earliest. It took about an hour, tried reset but server was getting back on to same page. Application team was eagerly waiting for it to come back. Started looking for alternative methods to bring it up.

When checking server was pinging and able to shared folders. Hence, connected to the server from services.msc using the option “Connect to another computer..”

Disabled “Windows Module Installer” service and restarted the server.

Bang, server was back on its home page.

Thanks,

WintelAdmin

HP ILO Port numbers

If you are trying to access an iLO behind a firewall, there are some TCP ports that need to be opened on the firewall.

Here is a list of the default ports used by iLO.

These can be modified on iLO’s  by clicking on Administration -> Access -> Services tab.

ILO FUNCTION           SOCKET TYPE PORT NUMBER 
---------------------- ----------- -----------
Secure Shell (SSH)         TCP        22
Remote Console/Telnet      TCP        23
Web Server Non-SSL         TCP        80
Web Server SSL             TCP        443
Terminal Services          TCP        3389
Virtual Media              TCP        17988
Shared Remote Console      TCP        9300
Console Replay             TCP        17990
Raw Serial Data            TCP        3002

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WintelAdmin

Send-MailMessage : Unable to connect to remote server Line

Send-MailMessage -to “reciever@domin.com” -from “sender@domain.com” -Subject “Subject Info” -Body “Content” -SmtpServer “Server Name”

Was not able to send mail from a Windows 2008 server and the error message displayed is as listed below:

Send-MailMessage : Unable to connect to the remote server
At line:1 char:17
+ Send-MailMessage <<<< -to someone@somedomain.com -from “DhimantR@someDomain.com” -subject ” Troubleshooting” -Body “Some Text or file attachement” -sntpserver “smtpserver”
+ CategoryInfo : InvalidOperation: (System.Net.Mail.SmtpClient:SmtpClient) [Send-MailMessage], SmtpException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : SmtpException,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.Send MailMessage

Found that the the block was in McAfee, when Powershell was excluded from McAfee. Send mail was success.

Steps to exclude Powershell in McAfee is listed below:

  1. Right click on McAfee icon.
  2. Click on Virus Scan Console.
  3. Double click on Access Protection on VirusScan Console.
  4. On Access Protection tab.
  5. Go to Anti-Virus Standard Protection.
  6. On right hand side, double click on Prevent mass mailing worms from sending mail.
  7. On process to exclude tab, add PowerShell.exe at the end.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Click apply on Access Protection.
  10. Click OK.

Thanks,
WintelAdmin

PowerShell for Administrators – Coming Soon

PowerShell essentials for administrators coming soon on WintelAdmin to help with your daily operations.

Stay Tuned…..

WintelAdmin.com

Delete Old Files

Batch script to delete X days old file from specified location. Where is X is number of days.

@echo off
REM Remove files backup older than X days
Echo Deleting Bak file….
forfiles /p “Folder Path” /s /m *.bak /c “cmd /c Del @path” /d -X
Exit

Note:
Folder Path= Replace with target folder.
Replace X with no of days (Eg :3 for 3 days old)

Thanks,
WintelAdmin

Ping multiple server and display IP with status.

This script will ping multiple server available in servers.txt and display IP with status.
Copy below contents and save as filename.vbs and create a servers.txt will all server names one per line.

************************************************************************************************************

Const ForReading = 1
Set objFSO = CreateObject(“Scripting.FileSystemObject”)
Set objShell = CreateObject(“WScript.Shell”)
If not objFSO.FileExists(“servers.txt”) THEN
wscript.echo “Please create a file named ‘servers.txt’ with one PC name to be pinged per line,”&_
vbcrlf&”with a hard return at the end of each line.”
wscript.quit
end if
tempobj=”temp.txt”

Set objTextFile = objFSO.OpenTextFile(“servers.txt”, ForReading)
logfile=”results.csv”
Set ofile=objFSO.CreateTextFile(logfile,True)
strText = objTextFile.ReadAll
objTextFile.Close
wscript.echo “Ping batch starting, please be patient. This could take some time to”&_
vbcrlf&”finish, depending on the number of hosts to check. You “_
&”will be “&vbcrlf&”notified upon the completion of this script.”
ofile.WriteLine “,”&”Ping Report — Date: ” & Now() & vbCrLf
arrComputers = Split(strText, vbCrLF)
for each item in arrcomputers
objShell.Run “cmd /c ping -n 1 -w 1000 ” & item & ” >temp.txt”, 0, True
Set tempfile = objFSO.OpenTextFile(tempobj,ForReading)
Do Until tempfile.AtEndOfStream
temp=tempfile.readall
striploc = InStr(temp,”[“)
If striploc=0 Then
strip=””
Else
strip=Mid(temp,striploc,16)
strip=Replace(strip,”[“,””)
strip=Replace(strip,”]”,””)
strip=Replace(strip,”w”,” “)
strip=Replace(strip,” “,””)
End If

If InStr(temp, “Reply from”) Then
ofile.writeline item & “,”&strip&”,”&”Online.”
ElseIf InStr(temp, “Request timed out.”) Then
ofile.writeline item &”,”&strip&”,”&”No response (Offline).”
ELSEIf InStr(temp, “try again”) Then
ofile.writeline item & “,”&strip&”,”&”Unknown host (no DNS entry).”

End If
Loop
Next
tempfile.close
objfso.deletefile(tempobj)
ofile.writeline
ofile.writeline “,”&”Ping batch complete “&now()
wscript.echo “Ping batch completed. The results will now be displayed.”
objShell.Run(“””C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Microsoft Office\excel.exe “””&logfile)

************************************************************************************************************

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WintelAdmin

VMware Tools is no more depended on vSphere/Esxi release.

VMware tools 10.0.0 is now no more dependent on vSphere release/Esxi builds. I think this is the first time when VMware released VMware Tools separately. As per release note its backward compatible, compatible with Esxi 5.0 and also compatible with Workstation 12.0 and VMware Fusion 8.0. It will allow to get the latest new features and enhancements made to the VMware tools faster to the customers.

You can download and install the latest version of VMware Tools from Here.

Thanks,
WintelAdmin

RDP Error – The connection cannot be completed because the remote computer that was reached is not the one you specified. This could be caused by an outdated entry in the DNS cache. Try using the IP address of the computer instead of the name.

Unable to connect to the Remote Desktop. Server operating system is Windows Server 2012 Standard R2. When we try to RDP, we get the below error message:

The connection cannot be completed because the remote computer that was reached is not the one you specified. This could be caused by an outdated entry in the DNS cache. Try using the IP address of the computer instead of the name.

There was two server with same configuration and setting but one of connecting to RDP with AD authentication whereas the other was not working. One was physical and the other was virtual hosted on an ESX host.
RDP on physical was good and the issue was with the virtual host. It was confirmed that the issue was due to time latency.
Therefore, this issue was due to the time difference between the virtual machine and the NTP server set on an ESX host.
This issue was later fixed by synchronizing the server time with the ESX host.

Note:
If you do not wish to have auto sync, disable the Windows Time service or block the outbound port 123 on your local firewall.

Thanks,
WintelAdmin


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